Dentures

 

 

Dentures are false teeth made to replace teeth you have lost. Dentures can be complete or partial. Complete dentures cover your entire upper or lower jaw. Partials replace one or a few teeth.

 

General info

 

Advances in dentistry have made many improvements in dentures. They are more natural looking and comfortable than they used to be. But they still may feel strange at first. In the beginning, your Dr. Rodriguez may want to see you often to make sure the dentures fit. Over time, your mouth will change and your dentures may need to be adjusted or replaced. Be sure to let Dr. Rodriguez handle these adjustments.

Denture Adhesive

 

When people get dentures for the first time, they sometimes find it difficult to get used to them. They are often concerned that the denture will slip or fall out. Using a denture adhesive can ease some of these worries and can increase confidence about wearing dentures. A denture adhesive, used for a short time, will help the dentures to stay in place while the muscles of the cheeks and tongue "learn" to do this job. 

 

Eating, Speaking, and other changes

Eating 

If you have just received your dentures, you will need to practice eating and drinking with them. You should start with drinking water and eating non-sticky foods such as soup, yogurt scrambled eggs. Avoid raw vegetables, meats and sticky foods. Do not get discouraged. You will soon be able to eat most foods again.

Cut your food into small pieces. When biting, avoid using your front teeth. Instead, use your canine teeth (the pointed ones) and the teeth just behind them. Do not pull or tear your food in a forward direction; instead, push back as you bite. When you chew, try to have some food on either side of your mouth. This will help to stabilize your dentures. Do not expect to eat as efficiently as you did with your natural teeth, even after you become experienced.

 

Eating a proper diet is especially important for people who wear dentures. As a group, denture wearers tend to have lower-quality diets than do people with most or all of their natural teeth. They may not get enough of the nutrients found in hard-to-chew foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and meat. If you find that you have had to change your diet, speak to your dentist about this.

 

Speaking 

Many people feel as if their mouths are full of marbles when they put in their dentures the first few times. You will most likely need to practice speaking. Do this by reading aloud, slowly and quietly, when you are at home. You will soon find that you are able to speak just as you did before you got your dentures. Rest assured that your speech will improve in a fairly short time.

 

Other Changes 

You may notice more saliva in your mouth when you get your new dentures. This is normal and will improve over time. When you sneeze, cough or yawn, your dentures may loosen. This is normal. It does not mean the dentures don't fit. This too will improve over time.

You will be instructed to take your dentures out when you sleep. That's because the gums under your dentures need a rest every day.

 

Your mouth and the bone in your jaw that supports your dentures will continue to change. After many years of denture wear, your jaws (especially your lower jaw) become smaller over time. The bone helps support the teeth. Without teeth, the bone shrinks. This can make your dentures fit poorly. They may become difficult to use. The dentures may need to be relined to improve the fit.

 

Regular visits to the dentist are just as important for people with dentures as they are for people with all their natural teeth. Everyone with dentures should visit a dentist at least every six months. Regular visits help ensure that your dentures continue to fit and operate correctly. Your dentist also will examine your mouth for signs of bone loss, oral cancer, infections and other conditions.

 
 
Relining and Rebasing

 

Dentures usually need to be altered from time to time. That's because the gums and bone supporting the dentures change over time. Relining and rebasing are ways to adjust your dentures so they fit more securely. Rebasing involves making an entirely new denture base. Relining adjusts the existing base. In both procedures, the teeth that are in your denture are not changed. 

 

Relining 

Relining involves putting a new surface on the part of the denture that fits against your gums. After teeth are extracted, the bone that once held your teeth shrinks. This process is called bone resorption. It is common to discover that dentures no longer fit properly as the resorption continues. If the denture is otherwise in good shape, your dentist may recommend an office reline. An office reline takes about 30 to 60 minutes.

There are two types of relines, soft and hard. Each uses different materials. The material for soft relines remains somewhat flexible. If you pressed the material with your fingernail, you would see an impression. Resin used for hard relines does not have this flexibility.

 

Soft relines are generally considered temporary. The material used is biodegradable. It is not meant to last more than a few months. Soft relines can be repeated at regular intervals if your jawbone can't tolerate the force of a hard-reline material. The softer material absorbs some of the stress of chewing. Some people receive a soft reline if the gums need to heal from the effects of an ill-fitting denture or another injury. In this situation, a hard reline would be done after the gums are healthy.

 

Rebasing 

Rebasing is less common than relining. It involves replacing the entire base of the denture, but keeping the teeth. The process is more complex than relining. You will be without your dentures for a period of time. This could be one day or several days. 

 

Which One Is Right for You? 

Your dentist will assess your situation and discuss a possible treatment plan. Make sure that you ask your dentist why he is proposing the treatment and how long you will be without your denture.

 
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2010 - present

2010 - present